Our Board of Trustees

All We Can is governed by a Board of Trustees who are appointed for a period of six years and approved by Methodist Council.

The Board has responsibility for the strategic direction of the organisation and has ultimate responsibility in law for its assets and activities. Trustees meet quarterly and also provide ongoing guidance and support to the staff team.

Board of Trustees

Louise Brooke-Smith (Chair) 

Louise is Director of a Chartered Surveying and Town Planning Consultancy, based in Birmingham UK, and works across the country and overseas. She is the past Global President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has worked in the built environment sector for over 30 years.  She has grass-roots experience of working with various aid agencies and the UN and has a specific interest in disaster resilience policy and housing improvement schemes. She is a frequent speaker on land use planning and diversity issues around the world.

“My goal is to support All We Can and reinforce successful existing partnerships which help to alleviate poverty and address inequality in all its manifestations.”

Richard Vautrey (Vice-Chair)

Richard has been a GP in Leeds for over 20 years and also represents GPs nationally as the deputy chair of the BMA’s GP committee in addition to being a nationally elected member on both the BMA Council and the RCGP Council. He is a local preacher, was vice president of the Methodist Conference and is a former mission partner working with Methodist Church Nigeria.

“I’m committed to the work of All We Can because I’ve seen for myself how we can and do transform the lives of individuals and communities.”

Richard also acts as the chair for the Governance Committee of the Board.

Caroline Blower (Treasurer)

Caroline Blower is a qualified management accountant (ACMA) with over twenty years experience of working in the private sector, the last 16 years of which have been in a FTSE 100 company. She is a trustee of one other charity and was previously Treasurer of a church charity for 6 years. She is an active member of St Anne’s Church in Liverpool.

Caroline acts as the chair for the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board.

Diola Bijlhout

Diola is a scientist and has a degree in Health Economics. She has done research in various countries and has an expertise in nations specific health systems, non communicable diseases and neurotrauma. Her expertise comes with an international scope due to her experiences living in the Middle East, South- America and Europe. She aspires to better the position of vulnerable groups in society, thereby influencing population health, health policies and clinical care.

Claire Boxall

Claire is a public relations professional with over 15 years experience in the not-for-profit sector, including in religious, healthcare, education and housing sectors. She spent 12 months in India with VSO, volunteering as a Communications Advisor with local organisations in rural and urban locations. She is a leader in the Girls’ Brigade and an active member of Larkfield Methodist Church.

Claire acts as the chair for the Public Engagement Committee of the Board.

Christy-Anna Briggs

Christy-Anna is a Sociology and Anthropology student at Bournemouth University. She is the former chair of the youth and young adult committee for the World Methodist Council from 2011-2016 and prior to that was the Youth President for the Methodist Church in Great Britain. She lives in Dorset with her two children and is an active member of her local Methodist church.

Kit Lewis

Kit Lewis is an innovator in brand, marketing and consumer fundraising. He’s spent the last decade in the charity sector launching new products and services that people want. In his current role of Head of Innovation Development at Save the Children he’s learning the importance of starting with the real needs of real people. He lives with his wife, Gemma, and tortoise, Reginald, by the sea in Whitstable.

Rob Mahoney

Rob Mahoney is a Chartered Surveyor and served six years as Honorary Secretary of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, where he was responsible, amongst other things, for governance.  Rob is now retired from private practice where he specialised in Geospatial Technology, providing advice to governments, local government and the utility sector on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Land Registration around the world.  Rob was at the forefront of developments in this field for over 25 years as a company director of a private consultancy and worked from ministerial to operational level within many organisations.  He is an experienced public speaker. “I feel honoured to be able, in some small way, to help in poverty alleviation, through working with All We Can.

Rev’d David Nixon

David is a Methodist minister in Dublin and the Convenor of the World Development and Relief Committee of the Methodist Church in Ireland. He was formerly a mission partner in Zambia.